The music world has lost a "Royal" singer ... Billy Joe Royal.
Royal, 73, was born in Valdosta, Georgia, in 1942, and he started singing shortly thereafter.
He got his start performing on the "Georgia Jubilee" radio program, which is where he met fellow singers such as Joe South and Jerry Reed.
Royal's first big hit was "Down in the Boondocks," which made the Top 10.
His other hits include "Burned Like a Rocket," "I Knew You When" and "Tell It Like It Is."
Royal was a 1988 inductee of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.